Here’s What’s Happening at St. Peter’s


Walk-In Supper
Help Needed

On the first Thursday of every other month, volunteers from our parish cook and serve dinner for approximately 100 poor and/or homeless people from Bergen County at the shelter in Hackensack.

Help is needed for a variety of tasks. Information about the various jobs can be found on the parish website. In addition to adult volunteers, confirmation candidates and their parents are encouraged to participate. Some parishioners participate in this program as a family ministry.

If you can help, please click here to sign up or call Linda McShane at 201-967-7349.


Family Shelter Ministry
August Hosting Week

Family Shelter Ministry
Next Hosting Week
August 14-21

We are hosting families from Family Promise during the week of August 14-21.  We are in need of donations consisting of food, paper goods and other essential items.  Additionally, there are many opportunities to volunteer during the hosting week.

Please consider donating and/or volunteering using the sign-up forms below:








Office Hours

Monday – Thursday: 
9:00 a.m. – 8:00 p.m.

9:00 a.m. – 12:00 Noon

Saturday, Sunday:

9:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m.

Please note the shortened hours on Fridays if you need to secure keys for any event occurring on Friday evenings.

Summer hours will end on Labor Day.


Statue of Mary

Praying with Mary (Cover Letter)

Two statues are available every week through the end of 2016.  Pick up a statue at the rectory on Sunday (between 9:00 and 12:00) to pray with Mary throughout the week, and return it the following Sunday.




Carnival Volunteer
Sign-Up Now Open

Volunteers Needed!

Parish Carnival
September 22-25

Please consider signing up for a shift to support this parish fundraiser:








St. Peter’s Food Pantry
In Need of Donations

The Food Pantry is in need of all non perishable food items. Please check back for updates on ways to help the pantry during the summer months.

Farmers Market

Once again Anderson Farms of Sussex New Jersey is donating the leftover produce to the food pantry. This enables those less fortunate to receive fresh produce on Wednesday when our Food Pantry is open.

Please stop by the Food Market and if you get a chance thank Anderson Farms for their generosity.

Thank you,
The Food Pantry Ministry


Pastoral Council of Ministries
Recording Secretary Needed

The Pastoral Council of Ministries is looking for a secretary to record and distribute the minutes of their meetings.  The Pastoral Council meets once a month, usually on the first Monday of the month from September thru June.  If you are interested in volunteering your time, please contact Fr. Mike at 201-261-3366 or


Evening of Peace
and Friendship

Find some peace in your busy life…

Come and celebrate Scripture and each other in our St. Peter’s community.

Evenings of Peace & Friendship  are held on the 2nd Tuesday of each month all year long and are  open to all St. Peter’s parishioners & friends.

We start promptly at 7:30pm and end by 9:00pm. 

We’ll read the upcoming Sunday Scripture, reflect on what it says and how it fits into our world today.  Then spend some time discussing, hearing a Reflection.  Afterwards, all are invited to stay and mingle over Wine/Beer/Cheese/Dessert.

You can come as often you wish…
There’s no-commitment and nothing to join.

All we ask is that you would please RSVP and let us know you are coming so we can prepare.  Use the handy form below or E-mail us directly at:

Next gathering:  Tuesday, August 9
7:30-9:00 in the Parish Center
August’s Gospel theme: TBA


A Peaceful Escape Article found in The Networker by Annmarie Rudis

When you think of a peaceful escape, where are you?  Are you at the beach?  Who are you with?  Are you alone?  Personally, I’ve never sought out peace before I became a stay at home mom with 3 children.  I always wanted to be surrounded by friends and fun.  Now, I long for moments of solitude and quiet.  We are all so busy!  The phone is always making noise and everyone is always yelling and rushing.

When I was a child in Catholic school, the priests and nuns always pointed out how many hours we spend doing things.  They asked us, “Can’t we give God 1 hour per week?”  Mass is a peaceful escape.  I love the music, the sense of community and the quiet.  Well, I used to until I started bringing the children.  Now, I’m constantly shushing and watching them.  Luckily, St. Peter’s has recognized the need for more peace in our lives.

The Small Christian Community Core committee began hosting “An evening of Peace & Friendship” (on the 2nd Tuesday of each month).  The evening begins with a harp player.  Can you think of anything more relaxing?  Then, the gospel is read and you can listen to it in peace!  No one is bothering you!  After that, there is time to reflect on what it says and how it fits into our world today.  Finally, there are refreshments (this time was wine and cheese) and time set aside to enjoy with fellow parishioners.

Mother Teresa said, “We need to find God, and He cannot be found in the noise and restlessness.  God is the friend of silence; see how nature… trees, flowers, grass grows in silence; see the stars, the moon and the sun, how they move in silence…. We need silence to be able to touch souls.”  This is truly an opportunity to do just that.  Although it’s not set in nature, it is a haven for parishioners to spend time in Spiritual reflection, an opportunity for parish acquaintances to become friends, a place for ministries to network, and an occasion for God to come into our lives.  It’s definitely worth checking out.  I hope to see you at the next “Evening of Peace & Friendship”!

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Mass Schedule

On the Lord’s Day
5:30 PM

8:00, 9:30 and11:00 AM, 12:30 PM

A Senior Citizen Bus
runs for the 11:00 AM Mass

Monday to Friday:
8:00 and 11:30 AM

Saturday Morning:
9:00 AM

Holy Days of Obligation
7:30 PM Vigil (evening before)
8:00 and 11:30 AM
on Holy Day

Sacrament of

11:00 AM to 12:00 Noon


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St. Peter's Youth Group

We hope you’re all enjoying your summer!  Here is what we have coming up with the Youth Ministry.  Just as a reminder for all of you newly graduated college Youth Groupers, if you haven’t had a chance to put your handprint on the Youth Room wall, there’s still time!
Sunday, July 10th 7pm – 9pm:  Youth Group Meeting: Body Image | Permission Slips for Mini-Golf Outing Due
Sunday, July 17th 7pm – 9pm: Youth Group Mini-Golf Outing at Paramus Mini-Golf | World Youth Day event permission slip due
Sunday, July 24th 7pm – 9pm: Mission Trip Welcome Home Dinner
Saturday, July 30th 1pm – 10pm: World Youth Day Event in at the Retreat Center in Kearny (Informational Flyer)
The JoyJ Initiative is coming to St. Peter’s!  Stay tuned for more info about when we will be hosting our own outreach to the homeless population in Newark, representing the JoyJ Initiative.  More info at
Journey 2017 has been scheduled!  By popular demand, the retreat will be extended and run from FRIDAY April 28th – Sunday April 30th 2017

St. Peter's Singles Support Group

St. Peter’s Support Group for Separated, Divorced, Single and Widowed Adults
1st and 3rd Thursdays / month
7:30 PM
St. Peter Academy Meeting Room

All are welcome!

In addition to meetings and giving support when needed, we also travel both locally and internationally and socialize with activities during the week and weekends.
For more information and upcoming events, visit:

St. Peter's MOMS Group

MOMS Group
Weekly on Thursdays
10:00 AM – 12:00 Noon
Casazza Center (in the Rectory)

All are welcome!

Outside St. Peter’s

SJS Oradell: School Nurse Position

Position Available: School Nurse
Saint Joseph School in Oradell has a September opening for the position of school nurse. Hours are from 9:30 AM – 2:30 PM daily, Monday through Friday, when school is in session. For salary information and a summary of qualifications, please contact Mrs. Vail, school principal, via e-mail at Ideal part-time job for a parent with school age children or energetic retiree! A current License and school nurse certification is required.

Eucharistic Ministers/Pastoral Visitors

The Pastoral Care Department of Hackensack University Medical Center is in great need of Eucharistic Ministers/Pastoral Visitors to bring Holy Communion and visit our patients.

If you feel called to this wonderful ministry, to bring Jesus and your own presence into the rooms of the sick, please contact:

Rev. David Armstrong
Director, Pastoral Care
Hackensack University Medical Center
30 Prospect Avenue
Hackensack, NJ 07601


Life Source Hospice Seeks Volunteers

Life Source Hospice is seeking volunteers to be part of our elderly patients’ end-of-life care.  Volunteers serve as friendly bedside visitors to patients throughout Bergen County and provide them with much appreciated companionship by sitting, listening and praying with them. Volunteers also provide support to family members.
Volunteers determine their own schedules and can visit on evenings and weekends.  Most volunteers donate 2 hours a week of their time for a minimum of one year. Volunteers receive ongoing hospice training and support by experienced hospice professionals.
For more information, please contact Life Source Hospice at #201-967-4313 or

Help for New Moms Needed

Birthright of Bergen County, a crisis pregnancy center dedicated to encouraging and helping women choose life for their babies, is in need of volunteers to share their time and love for God’s miracle of life. Birthright provides community resources, clothes, diapers and financial help to women. Volunteers are needed in the office at 19 W Pleasant Ave, Maywood to greet, help and support mothers-to-be that come in or call in. If you have time and would like to volunteer, please call Mary Pat or Barbara at 201-845-4646.

Catholic Chaplaincy Volunteers Needed

The Catholic Chaplaincy at Bergen Regional Medical Center, Paramus, needs volunteers to: transport long-term residents to and from hospital Masses, to be friendly visitors to those confined to bed or wheelchairs, and to set up and take down altar items for hospital Masses on Saturdays (3:30 PM) and Sundays (11:15 AM). If you are 18 years of age or older and wish to volunteer, please contact Fr. Edito Gamallo at 201-414-0522 or Fr. John Quill at 201-421-0009 for more information. God will reward you for your kindness.

St. Peter Academy News

Adopt a Student Fund

Give the Gift of a Catholic Education

A Catholic education is a powerful tool for any child’s future, but for some children it is not financially within reach of their family. This is where the parishioners of St. Peter’s Church can give the opportunity of Catholic schooling to a child at St. Peter Academy by making a donation to our school’s Adopt-a-Student Fund. Any donation, big or small, can make a tremendous difference in a child’s life. Please make checks out to St. Peter Academy – Adopt a Student Fund and mail to the school at 431 Fifth Avenue, River Edge, NJ 07661.


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